Trekking banned in Karnataka forests too

Following the forest fire in Tamil Nadu, which has resulted in the loss of many lives, Karnataka on Monday took the step of banning trekking in its forests for a temporary duration. 

Published: 13th March 2018 02:32 AM  |   Last Updated: 13th March 2018 06:10 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

BENGALURU: Following the forest fire in Tamil Nadu, which has resulted in the loss of many lives, Karnataka on Monday took the step of banning trekking in its forests for a temporary duration. The forest department on Monday issued orders that trekking in the state has been banned in the forest areas until rain showers helped damp the forest floor. Stating that several areas were fire-prone within Karnataka, the orders state that trekking was banned till the time that the dry season ended. 

Tamil Nadu’s forest fire near Korangani in Theni district claimed the lives of 10 people as around 65 trekkers were stuck in the fire in the area bordering Kerala. Many of those trapped were college students. This fire led to the decision by Karnataka forest officials to keep trekkers away from the forests till the rains arrive. Karnataka became the second state to issue such orders after Kerala. Earlier in the day, the Kerala government temporarily banned trekking in state forest areas as well.

The victims
The dead trekkers have been identified as Akila, Premalatha, Punitha, Subha, Arun, Vibin and Nisha from Chennai and Vijaya, Vivek and Tamilselvi from Erode district

Critical condition
Nine with severe burns were shifted to GRH. Kannan, Devi, Divya, Anu Vidhya, Jeyasri, Sai Vasumathi and Sai Vasumathi sustained over 60% burns. Nisha (30), who lived in Chennai, and had 100% burns, succumbed to injuries

Rescue effort
Nine stranded trekkers rescued by a team headed by Theni SP; 10 others who had grievous burn injuries were brought down by stretcher, administered first aid at Kurangani PHC, later taken to Theni Medical College Hospital

Stay up to date on all the latest Karnataka news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp